Helping kids to go green

Newbury Primary School shows off its garden which is part of its successful enviro schools curriculum. From left, Georgia May, 9, Ella, 9, Joshua, 9, Arnika, 9, Riveen, 9, Harry, 9.

Getting primary school pupils interested in doing something for the environment is what this Enviroschools programme wants to do.

Texels prove a hit

Waitaki farmer Shirley Hayes has bred Texels for twenty five years

An open day in 1990 was all it took for Shirley Hayes to fall in love with texels.

Breeding unusual sheep

Chris Hampton with his winning Charollais (light-faced) and Charollais Suffolk rams at Cave in South Canterbury.

-sheep farm farmer

A decade ago an exchange student piqued Chris and Annabelle Hampton's interest in Charollais sheep.

Young farmer likes a challenge

Matt Wills is a young farmer who likes a challenge.

A young Rangitata farm manager is proving adept at conquering challenges.

Farmers urged to enrol

Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief executive Scott Champion.

7:06 AM  Farmers are being urged to check they are registered to vote in the sheep and beef levy referendum.

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opinion

Difficult decisions ahead as low payout starts to bite

Lyn Webster says she has some hard decisions to make in order to find an effective strategy to get through the next season.

OPINION: It seems to me that Fonterra cannot pay its suppliers a decent milk price two seasons in a row.

Our Australian neighbours

OPINION: We don't need to love - or even like our neighbour, but if we are going to borrow or do business with them then you must do your homework.

How to save the sheep industry

Council picking rates favourites

Fieldays

Breaking new ground video

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

Laugh until the cows come home

Farming community to get some much-needed light relief at National Fieldays with a 7 Days comedy special.

People pack into the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton.

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

dairy

Vicious cow attack

Tim and Wendy Drysdale hope to catch those who killed and injured two of their cows on Saturday morning.

7:10 AM  Two cows were shot and hacked apart with a saw on a Tokoroa farm.

Dairy hub will breed smart farmers

Southland's future as a leading dairy region could hinge on whether the proposed Southern Dairy Hub proceeds, proponents say.

Matt Wills is a young farmer who likes a challenge.

Matt Wills: young farmer who enjoys a challenge

A young Rangitata farm manager is proving adept at conquering challenges.

advice

Follow up field day

Waikato Regional Council freshwater ecologist Michael Lake, right, and student Laura Francis collect specimens from the Kaniwhaniwha River by electro-fishing.

A field day focused on farm planning and environmental sustainability is planned for the wider Waipa River catchment in May.

Seasonal safety in sights

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

Dairy Women's Network's Megan Edmeades has been a driving force behind a series of workshops to guide farmers through the intricacies of new animal welfare legislation.

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

aquaculture

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

Fish and chips may be at risk

Could the "fish" in fish and chips soon be off the menu thanks to global warming?

Georgia Lala, 17, with her Root Aquaponics system.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

beef

Best beef steak sought

Judges at last year's Steak of Origin contest held at Feilding's Manfeild stadium.
From left: Graham Hawkes, Scott Kennedy, Sophie Pascoe and Sarah Walker.

Semi finalists announced in 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Steak of Origin competition.

Kiwi farmers falling behind genetic gains

Kiwi cattlemen frightened by genetic tools that crunch numbers to improve beef herds are falling behind overseas farmers.

Ben Knauf grooms his pet heifer Cadbury for the Future Beef competition at Beef Expo.

Cadbury ready for Beef Expo

Ten-year-old Ben Knauf hoping for a good result in the Hoof and Hook competition at the annual Beef Expo.

Sheep

Couple take on an unusual breed of sheep

Chris Hampton with his winning Charollais (light-faced) and Charollais Suffolk rams at Cave in South Canterbury.

-sheep farm farmer

A decade ago an exchange student piqued Chris and Annabelle Hampton's interest in Charollais sheep.

Couple's composites win ewe hogget competition

Couple win the Southland-West Otago ewe hogget competition for the second year in a row.

Waitaki farmer Shirley Hayes has bred Texels for twenty five years

Texels prove a hit

An open day in 1990 was all it took for Shirley Hayes to fall in love with texels.

cropping

Sustainability 'comes from the heart'

The de Jong family, winners of the supreme award at the Waikato Farm Environment Awards. From left, Talbert de Jong and partner Emily Meese Tineke, Simone and Frans de Jong.

Farming sustainably comes from the heart, award-winning farmer Frans de Jong says.

Dealing weeds a crushing blow

Frustrated Aussie farmer borrows coal mining technology to come up with a weed seed destructor.

Supreme winners of the Waikato Farm Environment Awards (from left) Tineke and Frans  de Jong, Emily Meese and Talbert de Jong.

Orchard wins top farming award

Matamata-based Southern Belle Orchards are the supreme winners of the 2015 Waikato Farm Environment Awards.

agribusiness

Farmers urged to enrol for levy vote

Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief executive Scott Champion.

Farmers are being urged to check they are registered to vote in the sheep and beef levy referendum that will be held later this year. 

Raiders butcher prized beef

Two valuable in-calf cows among cattle gunned down and butchered in a roadside paddock near Whakatane.

Newbury Primary School shows off its garden which is part of its successful enviro schools curriculum. From left, Georgia May, 9, Ella, 9, Joshua, 9, Arnika, 9, Riveen, 9, Harry, 9.

Helping kids to go green

Getting primary school pupils interested in doing something for the environment is what this Enviroschools programme wants to do.

Discovery

Carbon counting is big job

Researchers Professor Louis Schipper (foreground) and Jack Pronger on the farm test site in Waikato.

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

Non-chemical pest control promising

Research on using non-chemical methods to control potato pests is delivering groundbreaking results.

The plantain moth (Scopula rubraria), a widespread New Zealand native insect that feeds on a range of plants including plantain.

Plantain moth biopesticide closer

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

rural women

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Video

Nepal earthquake: new video of moment 7.8 tremor hit

New video posted online shows the terrifying moment a massive earthquake struck Nepal and the Himalayas.

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